Matthew Reilly – Seven Ancient Wonders: review

This book was an unexpected travel companion during the recent Sydney trip (being purchased at the Avalon airport bookstore on a whim) and it turned out to be quite a refreshing read. Unlike the Shane Schofield (aka Scarecrow) series, a surprisingly minimal number of good guys die in the course of the book. This is quite unlike Reilly’s style, who has admitted to killing off characters unexpectedly so that the reader stays unhinged throughout the fast-paced action.

With regards to the story, it truly is a riveting masterpiece. The action does not match up to Ice Station of course, but the richness of the details and oh yes Sun-worship, the talk about how the Catholic Church might even be a transformed version is greatly intriguing, to say the least.

(I like conspiracy theories.)

The ending as always, is a little unexpected and even funny. Australia, as the unknowing country who holds power for the next 1,000 years? I like that : )

Jack West (the protagonist for this book) sits pretty well with me, and I’m looking forward to the paperback release of The Six Sacred Stones, the next Jack West novel.

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